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09 June 2011

André Schneider speech from Press Conference 9 June in Geneva

This is the 3rd European Future Energy Forum, sister-event to the annual World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, and we are delighted to be coming to Geneva in 2011.
UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaking at the Forum last year in London, expressed the importance of the event explaining `The Forum is a practical expression of the partnership needed to make a low carbon revolution, one of the defining legacies of our generation.`
The vision, for creating green growth through renewable energy and energy efficiency, is one shared throughout much of the world as the demand for safe and secure energy availability year on year.
And Swiss President Calmy-Rey clearly pointed out that "Geneva has a longstanding tradition and a strong reputation as a centre for the promotion of future-oriented technologies”.
Based on this tradition, the EFEF this year, will not only tackle the huge international issues surrounding policy, regulation, funding and infrastructure; but will also highlight the technology, innovators and visionaries who will make the difference over the coming years.
With over 100 presentations from the world’s leading experts in the field of renewable energy and clean technology, this is an event that will not only educate and inspire; but also give delegates a real chance to interact, network and do business through group discussions, 1-2-1 meetings and informal social functions.
The aim for EFEF in 2011 is to enable business partnerships to develop on an international level so that the best solutions can be created, funded and embraced for a better and sustainable future.
The EFEF Cleantech exhibition will feature examples of cutting edge technology from all over the world, including pavilions and delegations from France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, UAE and UK, with particular support from UK Trade and Investment, German Trade and Invest and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.
Closer to home, the Swiss Energy Council, Cleantech Switzerland, Swiss Cleantech, Cleantech Alps, OPI and the Lake Geneva Region have shown their full support for the event and companies you can expect to see at EFEF include SIG, ABB, Oerlikon Solar, TrinaSolar, Solar Impulse, Planet Solar and DuPont.
Now let me spend some time, sharing with the content of the conference, which is under the title “Making Innovation Happen for a Sustainable World”
The conference programme will consist of a wide range of interactive session styles including:
·         Plenary sessions with top decision makers and thought leaders.
·         Inspirational ‘Cutting Edge’ IdeasStorm –‘this is my big idea, now this is what I need to make it a reality!’
·         Interactive sessions bringing together a mix of politicians, industry leaders and experts, financial specialists and NGOs to address the potential and how to make it happen.
·         Private Meetings: Bi-lateral government/industry private meeting programme – invitation only
The discussions will be articulated around the following 6 themes:
  • Inspiration - building the vision: See the world through the eyes of visionary leaders, who will explain why they are passionate about the future of energy and what it means to them and us.
  • Innovation – changing the future: Gain an insight into the latest cutting edge technology and ideas that will evolve or disrupt the energy markets of the future. During these sessions you will get short presentations of very innovative and cutting edge technologies and ideas and will have also some time to ask questions and deepen your understanding.
  • Policy and regulationcreating the framework: Understand and influence future policy frameworks to support the implementation of future energies whilst taking a look at past experiences to determine best cases and mistakes to avoid.
  • Finance – assuring return on investment: Find important opportunities and learn how to reduce risks, avoid pitfalls and create profitable solutions for everyone.
  • Infrastructure – feeding the need: Understand the needs to distribute future energy production, debate the creation of smart-grid systems that will sustain multi-entry points and find out how to overcome the issues of energy storage. 
  • Future Energy Mix – a recipe for success: Define the best recipe for the future energy mix, gain an in-depth look at the best cases of implementation, analyze the issues and challenges of renewable energy solutions and find out what it will all cost.
We are expecting this to be the largest EFEF to date with more delegates and visitors than ever before and would urge companies wanting to participate to get in touch as soon as possible to benefit from limited opportunities to exhibit and discounted delegate rates.